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Hwange National Park reviews

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“In April we saw lush savanna, giant and baby elephants, majestic lions, graceful impalas and kudus and more.” - Pachyderme

Hwange - home to the giants

Views: 152 Visited: Apr 2018 Reviewed: Jun 20, 2018

We chose Hwange because it's renowned for its great population of elephants. My husband is a great fan of them and we were not disappointed. We were greeted by one just minutes after landing. We spent three nights at the splendid Somalisa Camp in the middle of the bush where elephants come to drink from what was originally intended to be a pool for the guests but the elephants took it over. It was a privilege to watch them drinking just a few metres away. This environmentally friendly camp is composed of seven elegant tents with the luxury of ensuite bathrooms, and indoor and outdoor showers.

Hwange is a beautiful mixture of grassy plains and dense forests of acacia trees. Water holes of ground water pumped using solar energy attract herds of elephants and other mammals, as well as birds. The grass was high at the end of April but it didn't prevent us from seeing many mainy inhabitants, lions in particular, and many birds. At this time of the year, the nights and early mornings are very cool so a few layers of clothes are recommended but once the sun is up, the temperature is very comfortable at around 25-30°C.

The sunrise and sunset are a splendour and the night skies are perhaps the most beautiful, I've ever seen. One can't remain indifferent to Somalisa where the territory really belongs to the animals and we humans are privileged guests.

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